The new Koenigsegg Gemera - made in Trollhättan?

This year's Geneva Motor Show was eagerly awaited. Koenigsegg, the Swedish rumored chefs said, would introduce the car that they wanted to build in the former Saab plant. The entry-level model of the brand known for high-priced super sports cars. The data scattered in advance was surprisingly precise. Three electric motors and a combustion engine, 1700 HP system performance. That is true. Nevertheless, the premiere, which was published on the Internet after the event in Geneva was canceled, was a real surprise.

The new Koenigsegg Gemera
The new Koenigsegg Gemera. Image: Koenigsegg

Anyone who expected a vehicle in the previous Koenigsegg style had to look twice. With the new Gemera, the brand enters the GT class. Space for 4 people and a lot of luggage. Trunks in the rear and at the front - plus a very attractively drawn body. For Koenigsegg conditions not very polarizing and almost socially compatible. Another surprise is the drive.

FreeValve engine in Gemera

For the first time, Koenigsegg is using a FreeValve engine in one of his sports cars. A three-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2 liters and a twin-turbocharger works in the rear. It produces 600 hp and 600 Nm. FreeValve engines do not have a camshaft, the valves can be controlled individually. Compared to conventional motors, they are more compact and weigh less. The consumption advantage should be 15-20%. The drive developed by the Koenigsegg subsidiary FreeValve is designed for the use of synthetic fuels. During the presentation Christian von Koenigsegg speaks of a sonorous sound of the engine with its large-volume cylinders. The Akrapovic exhaust system will also ensure this.

The package is complemented by three electric motors. One at the front - two work at the rear. The provisional system performance is given as 1.734 HP and 3.500 Newton meters. Purely electrically, the Gemera can drive 16.6 kilometers with its 50 KW battery. In hybrid mode, it should have a range of 950 kilometers. Koenigsegg therefore speaks during the presentation of a range of more than 1.000 kilometers, with a fuel reserve of 75 liters and a charged battery.

Koenigsegg Gemera 2022 from Trollhättan

The positioning is clear. A battery-electric vehicle would have been too difficult for the manufacturer from Ängelholm. The hybrid solution with an innovative combustion engine is seen as the better package. The preliminary data underline this. 1.880 kilograms of weight in an almost 5 meter long Gran Turismo speak for intelligent vehicle construction. It should not be forgotten that both four-wheel drive and all-wheel steering are on board the Gemera. The Gemera accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 1.9 seconds. The top speed of around 400 kilometers per hour will satisfy all Koenigsegg fans who are used to performance.

After the Geneva Motor Show was canceled due to the corona virus spreading rapidly in Europe, Koenigsegg, like other manufacturers, moved the presentation online. Presentation on the web is probably the future, and major automobile shows are being phased out. The disadvantage, however, is that you cannot follow up in a personal conversation and questions remain open. There was no mention of when the Gemera will go into series production. 300 units are to be built, a very high volume for Koenigsegg. All of the data mentioned are provisional, with much pointing to an early stage of development. Our information speaks of the start in 2022, the Trollhättan production site is considered likely, as the capacities in Ängelholm are insufficient.

In the end, the question of the price remains. Here too, Koenigsegg is still silent and encourages many a fantasy from the entry-level model. Money is such a thing, and entry-level prices are relative. In Sweden it is reported that 1,3 million euros would have to be transferred. Plus the VAT, of course.

19 thoughts on "The new Koenigsegg Gemera - made in Trollhättan?"

  • Little anecdote

    I read today that changing the oil on VW's W16 takes 27 hours and costs € 21.000 ...

    This is probably a globally valid Bugatti package. One should not forget that Hypercars do not go to service, but let their staff come.

    It is simply flown in ...

    If you then look at the annual mileage of such cars, you would actually have to state their CO2 emissions per kilometer in kilograms or even tons. In any case, the gram as a unit has had its day and the consumption values ​​are irrelevant.

    But all hypercars have no fool's freedom. They dive into collections and fail to prove whether they are even good for 50.000 km ...

  • Vehicles like the Gemera live a maximum of 5 cars in air-conditioned garages or collections. The mileage per year will be homeopathic, neglecting the carbon footprint. The Gemera is a high-performance technology carrier that should show what is possible.

    Perhaps some of the Gemera will be included in the NEVS series at a later date. We will see.

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  • I think I once read that Koenigsegg doesn't like it when you call your vehicles with partially electric drives hybrid.

    Can you understand somehow, because the electric motors are part of the Koenigsegg Direct Drives KDD. This is characterized by the fact that no manual gearbox or any other gearbox with changeable gear ratio is installed.
    The transmission ratio of the drive train is then designed so that the combustion engine runs at maximum speed at maximum speed and the torque at low speeds then comes from the electric motors.

    So it's actually another type of powertrain that may have got its plug-in capability mainly because it helps with marketing.
    Then why was the new powertrain introduced at all? Probably because the weight is not significantly higher than that of a classic drive train, but the torque is.

    In fact, it's a hybrid, of course, but more for accelerating than saving. But he can do that a bit too, because recuperation or energy recovery is possible.

    Koenigsegg probably aspires to build the best hyper or mega car, but not the best car per se. You can only fail at the latter anyway ...

  • How you deal with innovations in Germany can be seen very well from the dealings with German manufacturers of solar and wind systems. German engineering is being ironed out by bureaucrats and “environmentalists”. What also fits well with this topic is the planned end of Streetscooter. Under https://app.handelsblatt.com/meinung/gastbeitraege/gastkommentar-das-ende-von-streetscooter-ist-ein-armutszeugnis-fuer-deutschland/25599856.html says the founder Günther Schuh.
    And what does the “great” Mr Duderhöffer say about it: “” Streetscooter has always been a house of cards that has now collapsed, ”said Ferdinand Dudenhöffer to“ Business Insider ”. “The technology of the vehicles was plain and simple. The market price was far too high for that. So it's not surprising that in the end they were only commissioned by the post office. "
    So much for the topic of openness for different solutions in D. Freely adapted from “Mutti” Merkel: There is no alternative to the battery-electric drive! 🙁

  • @ Roland,

    hopefully the Gemera and its innovations will never hide behind a fig leaf or even in a pile of leaves.

    VW builds 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder (Bugatti) cars, and Mr. Musk is known to smoke one joint after another and laugh at night while children elsewhere are laboriously scraping his huge batteries from unsecured tunnels and land and water for a few cents / h poison.

    Please let the world know that and how it can be done differently.

    Of course, we all would have preferred to see this implemented in a Saab suitable for everyday use and supported by pure reason.

    So it's a shame that Koenigsegg Saab could neither take over nor save. But at least there are automotive innovations from Sweden. That's something, I think ...

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  • @ Roland
    I do not understand the whole excitement. There are maybe 300 specimens that you probably don't see on public roads. It is a technology carrier. How often do you see an i8 on the road, which represents only 10% of this super sports car in terms of performance and price? The world certainly won't perish on these cars.

    But think about how many miles a portion of North Sea shrimp has on the clock before it is on your plate. They are driven from the North Sea coast by truck to Morocco to be unwound, and since they actually only have a shelf life of THREE days, they come back as chemical hazardous waste. Just a very small example of the daily madness ... Neither Greta nor the so-called environmentalists talk about it because it doesn't fit into the (business) concept. It is better to make people feel guilty about buying new products that are supposedly environmentally friendly.

  • A hybrid for Tempo 400, what nonsense. If you are constantly on the move beyond 300km / h, the tank should be empty after an hour at the latest. But it is interesting to see what effort the manufacturer puts into making a car that is not environmentally friendly per se appear somehow “green” and contemporary. The engine technology would have done well in a 9-5 and would certainly have been a competitive advantage. But here this is no more than a fig leaf. At least the number of pieces is limited.

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  • Thumbs up! Such a small company succeeds in installing large diesel technology in a small gasoline engine and thus placing a REAL innovation! 15% would also be an enormous saving potential.
    Great concept and luck for Trollhättan.

  • I certainly don't run the risk of buying a “GEMERA” ..., but the bird's eye view could make me weak: I see a lot of the SAAB Aero X study! Pilots wanted ... Great!
    I will probably never get to see from the car ... these parts are more likely to be under lock and key. Or???

  • Very interesting! Now I want the FreeValve engine in an affordable NEVS car. Then the world would almost be perfect again.

  • @ Ulrich,

    you have my thumb (up). But I also find it fascinating how (technically) sensible unreasonableness can be. Koenigsegg does without pretty much everything that conventional and electric cars from other manufacturers could be accused of ...

    Hardly any cylinders (of which only 3), hardly any displacement, almost no battery capacity (rare and so far not recyclable earths) and a completely normal tank ...

    Fascinating what comes out in terms of driving performance, range and consumption values, although the use of resources is strictly limited.

    Imagine what a sensible hybrid could look like that consistently implements suggestions from this technology provider. Unthinkable.

    To me, the Gemera is also a clear exclamation point. Political operations and its transmission are not suitable for issuing technical regulations and have no technical directional competence. At the same time, you take advantage of one and go as far as to set research, technology, business and science framework conditions that you can and must often equate to a blockade. It is disastrous and presumptuous.

    It is also bad that this “directional competence” is acquired in negotiations with lobbyists. Innovative approaches from relatively small companies hardly stand a chance. That is also one reason why the production of solar systems in Germany was left to China and E85 was given no chance.

    We'll see how it goes on. More openness to a wide variety of solutions would be nice, but it's not in sight ...

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  • Technically, that sounds very interesting and promising, it would also be very enjoyable for Trollhättan to be able to build something like this, even if the quantities are very small. At a factory tour I would be there if possible.

  • Innovations also made in Trollhättan.
    I think that's a little good for the Saab soul.
    NEVS can learn a lot from Königsegg.

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  • Well, then we'll just buy a Gemera from Königsegg if there shouldn't be Saab's anymore.
    This means that at 80/120 km / h speed limit in Switzerland, we can go from one light signal to another in at least 1,9 seconds. One more reason to leave free travel on motorways in Germany, otherwise you couldn't let off steam anywhere with the 1734 hp ... Unless our uphill pass roads are unsafe with it ...
    But with all due respect for the technical masterpiece, a big dose of unreasonableness was the inspiration.

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  • Great part

    Now, please, a hybrid that is a Swedish competitor to the Tesla S in terms of price and number of units ...

    Then I rethink my position per speed limit again.

    Finally another technical innovation in the combustion engine sector. It's a shame that it is (still?) So exclusive ...

  • The car really surprised me. The technical side alone sounds very exciting.

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